Blu-ray is essential to long-term archiving strategies

Optical disc technology continues to be an essential part of  consumer and enterprise archiving strategies. The long shelf life, high capacity and local nature of formats such as Blu-ray Discs mean that professionals and businesses can depend on optical storage to keep data from videos, photos and large files safe for years. Compared to alternatives like cloud services – which are almost unusable without a strong network connection – and magnetic HDDs and tape, Blu-ray recordable media is much more stable and easier to access.

With DIGISTOR REWIND, consumers can create a Blu-ray archive of their important files and make sure that nothing gets lost. A simple setup of REWIND, a Blu-ray burner and recordable discs is all that users need to create comprehensive data backups. Because DIGISTOR Blu-ray Discs are available in capacities up to 100 GB BDXL, they can accommodate even the largest file collection, and REWIND ensures that data is properly written to multiple discs as needed.

Backing up to Blu-Ray equals lower consumer costs and risks
Blu-ray is the ideal solution to modern consumer backup needs because it can reliably store large quantities of data without requiring a network service. In a post for troubleshooters.com, Linux expert Steve Litt explained how Blu-ray Discs had become his medium of choice for backup.

"In 1989, all my data would back up to about 20 floppies That's about 30 MB," explained Litt. "Today my data fills 24/25 of a Blu-Ray. That's 24 GB. Different procedures, and different media, must be used."
    
Moreover, optical discs are preferable to cloud-based backup because they subject consumers to far less risk. Litt highlighted some of the dangers of putting all of one's eggs in the cloud basket, such as increased exposure to cybercriminal interception, unwanted surveillance and rising fees.

Additionally, depending on cloud storage can place users into a gray area in terms of whether the provider is liable for lost or compromised data. Using Blu-ray is much simpler and more dependable.

Blu-ray provides dependable long-term storage of cold data
Like consumers, enterprises have much to gain from data archiving solutions that leverage Blu-ray. An optical disc appliance such as the DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive keeps terabytes of data secure over the long term.

In a piece for IT Business Net, Miles Weston analyzed the different storage paradigms needed for managing frequently and seldomly accessed information. Since data preservation requires that content and metadata stay the same for up to 50 years, Blu-ray archive solutions, with their exceptional durability and capacity, are a perfect match.

"[S]eldom accessed data can be easily mirrored to an optical preservation solution that will ensure the content and valuable metadata is securely stored for 50 years or more, while still providing data retrieval in minutes, rather than hours," explained Weston. "Furthermore, because write-once read-many optical, such as Blu-ray Disc is a permanent media, content cannot be destroyed or altered, even if security barriers are hacked or a disaster destroys the data center, the data preserved will be the data retrieved."

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Virtual storage presents many hazards to data integrity

Businesses have many options available to them today in regard to meeting their data storage needs. In addition to traditional HDDs, solid state drives, cloud services and virtual processes have all emerged as potential repositories for important information and files. However, the increasing number of available services and products also mean that company leaders need to take a closer look at the features they offer to ensure that the right solution is chosen.

There are many factors to consider when investing in a new data storage device or service. For instance, users who are only concerned about raw capacity may opt for an HDD, while those who also need high performance and quick application launch speeds might want to consider SSD drives. Perhaps the greatest consideration should be saved for cloud or virtual storage solutions, however. Many prospective adopters who are unfamiliar with this technology often assume that information is more secure in a virtualized environment than on physical media. A recent study from Kroll Ontrack found that 80 percent of companies assume that storing information in the cloud or virtual system will reduce the likelihood of data loss, according to Infosecurity. However, approximately 40 percent of businesses that leverage these services have experienced data loss incidents within the last year.

Businesses that choose to go this route with their storage needs do so largely because of cost concerns. The elimination of on-site physical equipment can be viewed as a potential cost-saving measure, however, a severe data loss event could completely offset any potential operational savings. There are many issues to consider with leveraging a cloud or virtual storage service, including who will ultimately be responsible for ensuring the security, integrity and availability of important information.

"It is a common misconception that virtual environments are inherently safer than, or at less risk from data loss, than other storage media," explained Kroll Ontrack U.K.'s Paul Le Messurier, according to the source. "Although virtual servers have redundancies built-in, increased complexity generally means more potential causes of data loss, including file system corruption, deleted virtual machines, internal virtual disk corruption, RAID and other storage/server hardware failures and deleted or corrupt files contained within virtualized storage systems. The effects are also usually far more serious because the volume of data stored in a virtual environment is exponential to that stored on a single physical server or storage device."

Archiving solutions needed to secure data
Another cause for concern regarding these types of storage options is that only one-third of organizations that were subjected to a data loss incident last year were able to recover every piece of information that was compromised. Under these circumstances, it would be prudent for businesses to have an alternative option available in case critical information is completely irretrievable. DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive solutions offer a reliable method of backing up important and highly sensitive data in the event that other storage services fail or are inaccessible. Businesses cannot fully rely on cloud or virtual platforms as their sole options to hold their critical documents. When dealing with such complex systems and networks, operability issues will inevitably arise, and organizational leaders need to be ready to lean on a stable archiving solution to retrieve any information that cannot be replaced.

Booz Allen Hamilton senior associate Vic Winkler explained in a post for TechNet Magazine that the intricacies of virtualized environments can create conditions under which data loss is likely to occur. When operating a virtual system, administrators who are intimately familiar with the complexity of the infrastructure may accidentally compromise information stored within it.

"During the deployment and operation of a [virtual machine], data is written to physical memory," Winkler stated. "If it's not cleared before those resources are reallocated to the next VM, there's a potential for exposure. … The bottom line: Control how you use storage and memory when using a public cloud. Clear the data yourself, carefully handle operations against sensitive data, and pay particular attention to access and privilege controls. Another excellent security practice is to verify that a released resource was cleared."

While cloud and virtual storage solutions certainly have their benefits, they should never be the sole retainer of critical business documents. A reliable backup solution such as DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive can remove much of the risk involved with storing sensitive data in the cloud or on a virtual server. Using durable Blu-ray media capable of holding 100 gigabytes of data, DIGISTOR's data archiving solutions can back up the entire enterprise. Because the high-quality discs are TUV certified by Panasonic, businesses can be sure that their important information will be secured for up to 100 years. If disaster strikes and primary storage options are rendered inaccessible, DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive can mean the difference between getting operations back online without delay and running adrift as critical information is lost forever.

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Industrial SSDs power advanced healthcare applications and networks

Companies in the medical equipment manufacturing and healthcare services verticals have a particular need for fast, reliable storage. As their embedded applications become more complex and demanding, it will be imperative that organizations in these sectors upgrade legacy magnetic storage to industrial-caliber SSD drives that can process heavy workloads without failing or succumbing to extreme environmental conditions.

With DIGISTOR Industrial SSD Drives, enterprises can address this need for high-performance, durable and speedy storage. DIGISTOR's SSDs are a perfect match for complex network environments in which numerous appliances, workstations and servers must operate flawlessly and in concert. Using an advanced BCH ECC algorithm, these SSDs provide far superior data protection and error correction than the HDDs still in wide use, ensuring that machines operate at optimal capacity and have the resources required to run cutting-edge software.

New medical technologies require fast, durable storage
Medical software, especially for embedded solutions, is becoming more complex. In a white paper, "Controlling Software Complexity," Coverity executives Ben Chelf and Andy Chou examined the trend toward increasingly elaborate applications across a number of verticals, as businesses try to streamline processes and improve quality control.

"A range of market sectors, including consumer electronics, defense, automotive, avionics, telecommunications and medical devices have new, heightened appetites for embedded multi-threaded software to take advantage of multi-core hardware," the report stated. "According to industry sources, the amount of embedded software doubles every 8 months, placing a premium on software performance."

While the Coverity team examined the obstacles that will impede software developers as a result of this trend, IT executives and engineers face similarly serious challenges in ensuring that their networks have the infrastructure to support advanced applications. Industrial SSDs and flash storage will be vital IT hardware components in these sectors since they offer rapid access to data, ample resources for applications and low rates of failure and error.

One healthcare organization's experience switching from HDDs to SSDs
Despite the rapid evolution of software and networking technologies, many enterprises have not invested in industrial SSDs yet. However, TechTarget's Carol Sliwa recently made the case that flash storage may be becoming gradually more popular, even with smaller and more budget-conscious enteprises.

Sliwa looked at one organization, Delaware Health and Social Services, that was in the midst of assessing its systems' readiness for the new applications that it must deploy under law. Ultimately, it may need to shift from HDDs to SSDs in order to ensure compliance.

"Our Tier 1 right now is just 15,000 rpm drives," said Delaware Health and Social Services technologist Ron Wilson. "A lot more SQL databases and an increased need for performance with these new applications may drive the need for us to go SSD."

Delaware Health and Social Services may not be alone in gravitating toward SSDs. Sliwa cited a recent IDC survey revealed that more than 70 percent of IT managers planned to utilize SSDs within the next year, as well as a separate study from TheInfoPro estimating that SSD and flash cache storage procurement could grow as much as 36 percent in 2013.

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Archiving solutions offer key to handling massive video data

Journalists, wedding videographers and professional photographers all have high standards when it comes to shooting, storing and archiving video. Footage must be shot and preserved in the best quality possible to ensure that the original can be faithfully reproduced for other media like DVD and Blu-ray. Additionally, having well-preserved video on archive media means that videographers can more easily return to it later and make in-depth edits.

SSD drives for video ideal for industry storage and quality requirements
A DIGISTOR Professional Video SSD is the best way to capture uncompressed video on the spot. With specific optimizations for Blackmagic Camera hardware, DIGISTOR's SSDs have a decisive advantage over off-the-shelf flash storage solutions, many of which do not enable media professionals to capture video with the speed that they require and the quality that they expect.

On top of that, DIGISTOR drives have up to 480 GB of capacity and are also available in packs of three or five, making them well-suited to workflows that require the handling of massive quantities of data. In the video industry, such scenarios are common, making access to multiple reliable storage drives essential to capture and early archiving stages of footage. For video crews that use multiple cameras on each shoot, it is critical to have an ample supply of SSDs to handle the even larger amounts of footage.

Managing large data volumes and backup
A recent blog post from Red Wire Services outlined some of the challenges facing media professionals, specifically the handling of the enormous amounts of data that they collect.

"Many solo photographers and videographers can easily amass tens of terabytes of unique data, while most service- or manufacturing-based small businesses have under one terabyte of unique data (even if they have 50 or more employees)," explained the source. "Trying to transfer these large amounts of data over a standard small business DSL or Cable connection could literally take longer than it takes to create new data."

The same pitfalls apply to using cloud-based services, which have speeds contingent upon the provider's bandwidth allotments and server reliability. Videographers already face enough real challenges from the failure of HDDs and low-quality storage media without the added issue of having to rely on unpredictable networks. Local flash-based storage is the first step toward a sensible video backup and archiving strategy.

Preserving video over the long term with data archiving solutions
It is not just the media industry that has a pronounced need for outstanding video capture, backup and archiving. Writing for  The Republic, John Clark highlighted a Bartholomew County, Ind.,correctional facility's push to archive its digital video for longer periods of time. Currently, the institution only keeps video for about 180 days, but is seeking to archive them for up to a year.

Although jails may be a niche industry, this effort to keep video safe and usable for long periods of time has important lessons for anyone who captures footage. Data archiving solutions like DIGISTOR REWIND provide a convenient way for users to move data to recordable media like optical discs. The long shelf-life of Blu-Ray Discs means that individuals can have access to files for years and avoid worrying about a software or equipment failure that could wipe out important data. Organizations that require archiving at scale can also rely on the DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive, which keeps terabytes of data safe in a Blu-Ray jukebox.

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Keep game saves available with PlayStation 3 external hard drive

With Sony’s PlayStation 4 set to be released in November, common thought might indicate that its predecessor’s user base is primed to jump ship and make the transition to the newer hardware. However, recent console releases suggest that this might not be the case at all. For example, Nintendo’s Wii U system sold approximately 400,000 units within its first week of release last year, according to The Verge. That figure represents roughly two-thirds of the sales recorded by the original Wii during its initial week on retailers’ shelves in 2006. Given the incremental tech upgrade from the PlayStation 3 to its successor, consumers may be less willing to plunk down their hard-earned money on a new system when the latest hardware is released.

The story of Sony’s current console isn’t quite finished yet, as evidenced by reports that a new SKU has been made available to North American consumers. According to Engadget, a 12 gigabyte flash-based unit that was previously exclusive to the Europe and Hong Kong markets has now landed on American shores. Although this release demonstrates the continued consumer interest in Sony’s product, storage concerns relating to this particular SKU abound. Because the system can only hold 12 gigabytes of data, there will not be much room for numerous media files. This is of particular concern for users who own high-definition videos, which can easily take up that much space in no time.

External storage solutions offers media flexibility
Current Sony customers who are interested in this new product but do not want to lose access to their stored system data, including game saves, music files and movies, will need to find an alternate solution to their storage concerns. DIGISTOR’s PlayStation 3 external hard drive allows gamers to quickly, easily and safely transfer or copy saved content to a backup device. This way, consumers can alleviate potential hard drive and flash memory issues before they develop. Some content, including images, audio files and videos, can be launched straight from the hard drive’s disk, meaning the meager storage capacity of Sony’s latest SKU won’t be an issue for DIGISTOR users.

Investing in DIGISTOR’s portable external hard drive for PS3 allows gamers to have a greater degree of flexibility regarding how they access their media files and game saves. For example, PlayStation 3 users may want to pick up where they had left off in a game on a friend’s system. Under normal circumstances, their game saves would be siloed on an individual system, but using DIGISTOR’s portable PlayStation 3 hard drive, gamers can taker their files on the go. This way, they can jump right back into a game from any compatible system and share the gaming experience with friends and family.

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Physical storage: The only real way to keep data secure

The recent, game-changing revelation of the National Security Agency's surveillance initiatives, including its comprehensive PRISM program, have rekindled concerns about the safety of data that passes over the Internet and is stored in cloud services.

With individuals, enterprises and foreign governments like Brazil investing in offshore and/or private storage arrangements, companies must seize the opportunity to procure data archiving solutions like the DIGISTOR Enterprise Archive. Long term, offline storage via high-capacity Blu-ray Disc racks can protect sensitive data from Internet-based spying, while also making it easily accessible as needed. Additionally, companies can rest assured that they will not lose data or have it compromised because a cloud provider shuts down or is forced to hand information over to the federal government.

The NSA and the creation of national clouds
Highlighting the scope and gravity of the NSA's efforts, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff recently announced plans to create a fiber-optic cable that would connect South America and Europe – bypassing the U.S. altogether. Currently, most inbound traffic to South America passes through Miami, according to The Verge's Amar Toor.

However, it is far from certain that creating and using a new cable will lead to real data privacy, and not only because of the U.S. submarines that can spy on underwater cables. Although Brazil and the Eurozone have both proposed national, self-contained cloud services to go along with the cable, such projects may be both technically infeasible and inherently vulnerable. Clouds and Internet traffic depend on data transmissions that often pass through many different locations, and become subject to surveillance.

"[The creation of national clouds] basically ignores the entire Internet," said Ronaldo Lemos, director of Rio de Janeiro-based think thank the Institute for Technology & Society, according to The Wall Street Journal. "This data has to circulate. It is going to be sent to Miami, to Europe. It is not going to be sitting idle."

Keeping data safe offline
Rather than put their data on the cloud, companies can likely save the money they would have spent on pay-as-you-go arrangements and instead utilize offline storage media. Ideal solutions include DIGISTOR Blu-ray recordable media, archiving tools and SSD drives for housing backups and high-density files

Speaking to CRN, Land Computer president Richard Trahant highlighted the lax attitude that businesses have taken toward cloud security, as well as the possible issues that NSA surveillance creates for remotely hosted storage.

"Our clients entrust us with the security of their data, and to have the U.S. and possibly other countries going into the data, who knows what they would do with the data," said Trahant.

Since data shared over networks and in the cloud can be so easily scrutinized, physical media is the only surefire way to ensure data privacy. Media like Blu-ray Discs are both affordable and highly portable, making them ideal for companies that would prefer not to gamble with a cloud provider or resort to less reliable formats like tape and magnetic hard drives.

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The importance of archiving professional video

For media professionals such as videographers, an individual is only as good as his or her output. That is why it is important that members of this industry archive their important digital video at the highest quality possible in order to preserve its integrity. Equipment failures can occur at any time and result in the corruption of both physical and digital media. Media professionals, particularly those running a small operation, often cannot afford to weather incidents in which massive numbers of video files are lost. Long-term projects may need to be scrapped and more immediate obligations such as covering a wedding may not be fulfilled, resulting in dissatisfied clients and bad word of mouth.

Data archiving solutions such as DIGISTOR's Personal Archive Blu-ray Burner offer peace of mind, leaving users feeling secure in the knowledge that their important video files can be accessed even in the event of a primary system failure. According to audio visual legacy consulting group Media Matters, archiving video digitally will ensure that the backed-up copy is identical to the original. By choosing a lower quality archiving option, individuals may find that their stored video files are grainy and lack the clarity and crispness of the master copy. DIGISTOR's data archiving solutions can secure a permanent copy of any important media file, available for recovery when needed.

Digital archiving is quickly becoming a must for any organization that wishes to retain its vast stores of video files. The National Archives and Records Administration, for instance, launched a digital vault in 2008 for visitors to peruse and view high-quality images of its stored content. This will ensure that these one-of-a-kind works continue to be available to the public at large for years to come.

Choosing a reliable archiving solution
Human rights organization Witness recently published a guide to archiving video for media professionals and other individuals to consult when attempting to back up important documents. The group stressed several important factors to consider during the archiving process, including what solutions are used, which videos should be prioritized and ensuring that a long-term solution is in place. Witness also noted that when outsourcing archiving duties to a third party, there are many more issues to consider and challenges to overcome, such as how reliable and trustworthy a service provider is and if it can accommodate an organization's security and privacy needs.

For small organizations and self-employed professionals, it can ultimately be easier to simply archive their videos themselves. By choosing sophisticated data archiving solutions, individuals can eliminate the various headaches associated with employing a third party. DIGISTOR's Personal Archive Recorder provides users with every tool they will need to permanently archive their media files. By backing up important video to Blu-ray discs, media professionals can be sure that they will continue to have access to these resources when they are needed down the road. In many instances, data backup initiatives are either hamstrung or completely scrapped due to the various archiving challenges. With DIGISTOR solutions, however, individuals will have a quick and easy-to-use application to copy all of their important data.

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Back up aging hardware with a DIGISTOR PlayStation 3 external hard drive

When the PlayStation 3 was first released in 2006, it was the pinnacle of console gaming technology. However, seven years later, the system has begun to show its age, creating concerns about the long-term stability of its storage capabilities. As noted by Daily Game contributor Wade Wheeler, the PlayStation 3 – along with its main competitor, the Xbox 360 – was prone to catastrophic hardware failure early in its product life. Although Sony has since taken steps to alleviate these issues, gamers continue to report instances of equipment malfunction.

"An overheated console has largely been blamed for both the Xbox 360′s 'red ring of death' and the PS3′s 'yellow light of death,'" Wheeler wrote. "Those issues predominantly occurred early in each console's life, although it's not unheard of to hear of them even as the Xbox 360 and PS3 begin to wind down their time as their respective manufacturers' headline act."

Sony learns from its mistakes with new system
Sony has already promised that the system's successor, PlayStation 4, will operate more reliably out of the box and should result in fewer instances of abrupt hardware failure. Citing the company's recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, Wheeler explained that the yet-to-be-released system will run at a considerably lower internal temperature than its predecessor. According to the documents filed by Sony, the PlayStation 4 should top out at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, current PlayStation 3 models have been known to run at an average temperature of 113 to 131 degrees, with hardware failures more likely to occur once temperatures rose above 140 degrees.

The continued threat overheating poses to the integrity of PlayStation 3 hardware should give current gamers pause, as this issue appears unlikely to ever receive a permanent fix. As Sony allocates more attention and resources to the system's successor, PlayStation 3 users will largely be on their own when it comes to hardware upkeep. Gamers who store various forms of media on their systems, including music, videos and video game saves, should have a backup solution in the event of internal hard drive failure. According to Exit Strategy, even users who decide to outright replace their existing internal drive should back up their saved data with an external device.

"Back up your old stuff before installing the new hard drive," the source stated. "The easiest way to do this is to find/buy/borrow a FAT32-formatted external hard disc drive and save all of your old files on your old HDD (the one that's in your PS3 still) to the external drive. This means that you'll be able to restore all of your info back on to the new HDD after installation."

The importance of a reliable external backup
When backing up a PlayStation 3, consumers should be careful to choose a storage device that is 100 percent compatible with the system's operating system and hardware. DIGISTOR's external hard drive for the PS3 provides the peace of mind needed when attempting to transfer or copy existing files to another storage solution. The device is pre-formatted to work with any existing PlayStation 3 console, so gamers can be certain that it will be compatible regardless of which SKU they own. With both a 500 gigabyte and 1 terabyte model available, users can back up an incredible number of music, video or game save files and have them readily available when needed.

The functionality of DIGISTOR's PlayStation 3 external hard drive isn't merely limited to backing up information, as it also allows individuals to launch their music, image and video files directly from the disk. This way, they can play back video files in either standard or high definition, listen to music on the system or view saved images from the PlayStation 3's photo album rendering system. Because DIGISTOR offers superfast USB 3.0 and 2.0 data connections, these files can be copied, transferred or launched quickly and conveniently.

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The benefits of SSD drives in industry, part 2

In the first part of this blog series, we examined the specific storage needs for enterprises that operate sophisticated data centers, often under volatile conditions. With a customized DIGISTOR Industrial SSD, businesses can fine-tune fast, stable flash storage drives to specific business requirements. These SSDs have up to 512 GB of capacity, rapid read/write speeds and the ability to monitor and report on possible anomalies, making them ideal for industrial environments. However, with so many customization possibilities, it is important to understand how SSD reporting technology works, as well as the implications of using different NAND flash arrangements.

Flash types and SSD options
NAND flash cells are the building blocks of enterprise SSD drives, allowing for efficient electronic reading and writing of data without reliance on rotating platters or magnetic storage. NAND is generally available in three different arrangements, including single-level cell, triple-level cell and multi-level cell. The suitability of each arrangement depends on the types of devices that an organization uses, as well as the data endurance that it requires.

SLC is typically a bit more expensive than MLC or TLC, but it has longer endurance and a lower error rate. MLC and TLC are more common in devices like cameras, which may use flash for short-term storage of data that will eventually be moved to other media or archived. With over 100,000 possible write cycles over their lifespans, SLCs are more durable than MLCs, which may max out after several thousand write operations. Advanced SSDs also typically augment an SLC or MLC array with DRAM for better performance and a longer lifespan.

With a DIGISTOR drive, enterprises can pick between all three arrangements and get a high-performance drive suited to their fields. Read/write speeds up to 520 MBps and 500 MBps, respectively, ensure that data is written quickly yet reliably.

Making the most of storage resources with SMART
Regardless of specifications like speed and cell arrangement, industrial SSDs are only useful if they are adaptable to changing environmental conditions and potential hardware issues. Equipment issues are detrimental to both the network and the bottom line, but with a DIGISTOR SSD​, enterprises can worry less about storage failure.

Using Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting (SMART) technology, DIGISTOR drives monitor performance metrics in order to anticipate possible failure, in turn giving IT operators ample time to migrate data before it is put into jeopardy. In the context of large, complex data centers, having peace of mind in regard to storage is crucial. A white paper from the LSI Corporation about storage needs in the oil and gas industry underscored the stakes, pointing out the importance of energy-efficient storage that works in concert with all IT operations.

"All the computing and storage equipment now required to meet the challenges in the industry are pushing the data center limits for power, cooling and floor space," the report stated. "It is easy to see why data center managers keep a watchful eye out for ways to make the most efficient use of their resources."

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Make the most of wedding video with SSDs, archiving solutions

Wedding videography is a steadily growing field, with promising growth prospects in the near term. Robust consumer demand for high-quality video means that videographers must be diligent about how they shoot, store and backup their footage. For these purposes, professionals can get started with a DIGISTOR Professional Video SSD, which unlike many off-the-shelf SSD drives is optimized for Blackmagic hardware. Accordingly, it can rapidly and reliably capture uncompressed video, which is the ideal medium in terms of image quality and suitability for editing.

Photography and videography are two specific subsections of the wedding industry that will grow over the next five years. According to research analyzed by Wedding.com, the industry has a current value of $51 billion, and it is expected to expand by 2.3 percent between 2013 and 2018, as wedding participants ramp up spending on photo, video and floral arrangements.

"The average wedding costs more now than before, despite the fact that the overall economy is still not in its most favorable position," said Wedding.com CEO Brett Reynolds. "Even so, the wedding industry has thrived and will continue to do so in the next 10, 20, or 30 years."

A blog post from A Peachy Life Productions highlighted the lasting appeal of wedding videography, implying that even consumers may choose to supplement photography with video once they realize the level of quality and fidelity that a professional videographer can produce. To obtain results of this caliber, videographers can utilize high-performance DIGISTOR SSDs. In addition to exceptional speed and reliability, these SSDs offer capacities up to 480 GB and can be purchased in convenient packs of three or five.

Using discs and archiving solutions to preserve video
Once the initial footage is captured, videographers may choose to perform extensive edits that make the video suitable for distribution via DVD, Blu-ray Disc or the Web. Editing typically entails compressing the video for different codecs and containers, which can result in the production of numerous files.

Before running footage through editing software, videographers should make a clean backup of the originals in order to ensure that there is always a high-fidelity master from which to make changes. After adding effects or splicing in b-roll footage, it may be advisable to archive video, whether it be the original or a copy, for long-term storage and eventual reproduction. Data archiving solutions such as DIGISTOR REWIND are ideal for these workflows since they enable the quick yet comprehensive transfer of video from a Mac or PC to recordable Blu-ray media.

In a blog post, media professional Matt Johnson described his favorite ways to backup video footage, focusing primarily on external hard drives and optical discs. He advised using the latter as high-capacity media for HD video, although he cautioned users to check the vendor's credentials as well as the discs' country of origin.

"Since I backup so much HD video it is really more economically feasible to use Blu-ray Discs for backup," wrote Johnson. "I have used DIGISTOR Blu-ray Discs with no problems."

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